How Can I Tell if Someone Has Used My Computer?

How Can I Tell if Someone Has Used My Computer?

If you are concerned that someone else has been using your computer or if you want to check the activity of children, below you will find a trusted way to check recent activity on your computer.If you suspect that someone had recently gained access to your computer, perform all of the following tasks to get the access details, and also be able to track even more data if it happens again in the future.

Use Windows Event Viewer to Check Computer Events

Windows keeps track of all user activity on your computer. The first step to determine if someone else is using your computer is to identify the times when it was in use.

Launch the event viewer application by starting up “run,” typing in “eventvwr.msc”, and clicking on “OK.”

From the left pane of the Event Viewer, expand Windows Logs and then click System. It will display the list of events in the top middle pane.

Event Viewer to Check Computer Events

Check Browser History

To check which websites have been visited on your computer, you must check the online browser history for each browser, like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera, etc.

Check Recently-Edited Items

To view the recently altered file, go to the Windows Start screen and type “Run” to open the “Run” dialog box. Then, enter “Recent” in the Open field, and press the “OK” button to continue the procedure.

The Recent Items directory will now open in File Explorer. Click on the Date Modified column header and arrange the items in descending order. There is likely to be unfamiliar files without icons( these are likely temporary files and are not a cause for concern.)

Turn on or off Keylogger in Windows

By default, the Windows operating system stores the activity history of your computer. The Activity History can come in handy when you want to monitor or limit the ways someone uses your PC. This is especially true if the computer is publicly accessible. To view your Windows Activity History, follow these steps:

Click on the “Privacy & security”option. Then Click “Activity History” on the right side of the screen.

Toggle the slider “Store my activity history on this device” to enable or disable it.

Turn on or off Keylogger in Windows

Your PC will now display your entire Activity History across various data types (Apps, Voice, Search, Browse, Media, and Location).

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